February 2018 Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in February 2018

Carnival in Mazatlán Sinaloa State Mexico
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There is a lot to see and do in Mexico in February. The first Monday of the month is a national holiday in honor of the Mexican constitution. Carnival celebrations kick off on the 7th in many destinations. And the celebration of love and friendship is held on the 14th. In terms of the weather, this is generally one of the driest months of the year and temperatures are warming up. February marks the peak for Monarch butterfly season, so it's usually an ideal time of year to visit Mexico's monarch butterfly reserves. This is also prime whale-watching season. Here are some of the most important festivals and events that take place in February in Mexico:

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    Sayulita, Nayarit, January 31 to February 4

    A festival for lovers of Mexico, film, music, food, tequila, and surf, the Festival Sayulita is a film festival held in the bohemian surf town Sayulita on Riviera Nayarit. Additional events include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front and private screenings, lecture series, and live music.

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    Costumed Figures in Candlemas Procession, Mexico City
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    Nationwide, February 2nd

    It's Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, this is Día de la Candelaría, a religious holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season in the church calendar. On this day, folks dress up figures of the Christ Child and take them to the church to be blessed.

  • 03 of 09

    Constitution Day - Día de la Constitución

    Constitution Day, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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    Nationwide, February 5, 2018

    Originally celebrated on February 5th, this holiday is now observed on the first Monday of February. It's a national holiday to commemorate the constitution of 1917 that was put in place by Venustiano Carranza following the Mexican Revolution. This constitution instituted the complete separation of Church and State, the division of large haciendas into ejidos (community-held land), and the right of workers to organize, strike, receive compensation for workplace accidents. It went on to serve as a model for progressive constitutions around the world.

  • 04 of 09
    Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair Mexico City
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    Mexico City, February 7 to 11

    Mexico City's biggest and best contemporary art fair is held at the Centro Banamex, Hall D. There will be five areas: Main Section, New Proposals, ZONA MACO SUR, Design and Modern Art. General admission is 200 pesos, free for children under 12.

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    Nationwide, February 14th

    In Mexico, this day is to celebrate friendship, as well as love. Friends and lovers exchange cards, gifts or flowers. People in relationships can also celebrate, and it is a wonderful time to treat your partner to a special getaway in Mexico. Here are some romantic vacation ideas that are good for any time of the year, but especially on Valentine's Day.

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    Carnival in Mazatlán Sinaloa State Mexico
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    Various locations in Mexico, February 7 to 13, 2018

    A week of revelry leading up to Ash Wednesday. Brazil may be better known for its Carnaval celebration, but you don't have to go that far - many Mexican cities celebrate Carnaval with great fanfare. Celebrations will be over by the 18th which is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent.

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    Flag of Mexico
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    Nationwide, February 24th

    Civic ceremonies take place to honor the Mexican flag, the tri-color.

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    San Francisco, Nayarit, February 23 to 25

    Founded in 2001, this event began as a small gathering of locals, but by 2006 the lineup included 116 artists, and has grown even more since then. The festival includes performances by musicians from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well from the United States and Latin America. Free concerts are held in the Plaza del Sol starting at 5 pm each day of the festival.

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  • 09 of 09

    Acapulco, February 26 to March 3 

    This tennis tournament is the largest event of its kind in Latin America and attracts international tennis champions looking to score points and money. Matches held at the Princess Mundo Imperial.